Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shaqfest at Newegg City of Industry 3-15-15

Thanks to a tip from my friend Shaun aka Yosh I decided to check out Monster Madness with Shaquille O'neal at the Newegg store in City of Industry. Shaq was there to promote his Monster products such as speakers and headphones. I was literally informed about the signing yesterday but by the time I went to check for tickets they were already sold out.

Luckily Shaun had an extra ticket for me. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have gotten all of these autographs today since the tickets to the event were sold out. Thanks again Shaun I owe you one. I couldn't pass up the chance to meet Shaq let alone get his autograph. The signing took place literally a few miles from my house. You rarely get a signing so close to your home let alone from a future HOFer. Shaq has always been one of my all time favorite Lakers so it was a great opportunity to finally meet him in person. My goal today was to get my Forum Floor Piece signed along with possibly a basketball. I didn't prep for this event since this was last minute.

Here are the details of the signing below.

Basically the first 20 fans were guaranteed an auto and a photo op with a purchase of a Monster product. Today they had portable cell phone chargers for sale which cost about 32 dollars and also portable speakers for sale which went for sale for 100-120 depending on which model you bought.

I arrived at the signing at around 8am and was ironically number 8 in line which is also Kobe's old number.  I hope that didn't mean bad luck for me. The event was organized and they started handing out wristbands at around 11am.

They ended up selling 12 powercards to the first 12 people in line. The rest of the fans who wanted a wristband had to fork over 100-120 for a speaker. I picked up the powercard since I always needed one and also because I didn't want to spent 100 on some speakers I wouldn't end up using.

While waiting in line I was chatting with the graphing family and ran into a familiar face; my buddy Jerry. If you recall Jerry is the same guy who hooked me up with a Gary Matthews Jr bat several years ago. Jerry has always been nice to me over the years so we chatted a bit and discussed what items we were hoping to get signed today. He mentioned he was going to get a jersey signed plus his forum floor piece and possibly a basketball as well. I told him I had no time to prep since it was a last minute event for me and mentioned this would be a perfect opportunity to drop a jersey on Shaq. Jerry mentioned that he had a surplus of procut Shaq jerseys in his car and asked me if I wanted one. So we go over to his car and I see two brand new with tags attached Procut Road Shaq jerseys from the 2000-2001 season. Getting a last minute high quality jersey unplanned is completely unexpected and thanks to Jerry he sold me his extra jersey for a reasonable price. Thanks again Jerry for the hookup. Thus my plans changed and the jersey was the first item to be signed today.

Shaq arrived at the signing around 3pm and they were letting the first group of five go inside the Newegg building. Shaq was cool as can be and kindly added the 3peat inscription for me on my jersey.

I also ended up getting a basketball signed by Shaq.

As soon as Shaq was finished signing for fans with wristbands the organizers of the event said that Shaq was done signing. There were still about 150 fans waiting outside, most of which showed up to the event when it started and they were also the ones who didn't buy any Monster products. Shaq was cool and told the organizers that he would sign for the rest of the fans. Thus we all hopped back in line to maximize our opportunities for the day. The last item I had left for him was my Great Western Forum Floor Piece with all the players with retired Lakers jersey numbers. This project is still a work in progress as I am missing Magic, Elgin, Kareem, and West. Chamberlain, Mikan and Hearn are also missing but sadly those guys won't be on this piece since they are deceased. If Goodrich didn't take up all the real estate i'd have room for more.

Here is what the rest of the gang got today. Shaun ended up getting a basketball and all of his SI's done.

My buddy Manuel aka "The Godfather" racked as usual and got his photos plus a basketball done.

My buddy Mikey got his shoes done plus a few photos.

Last but not least my friend Big Mike ended up getting a basketball plus an ROMLB signed by Shaq using the good ol Sweetspot Jacket.

I want to give a shoutout to the graphing family and all those who waited with me for seven hours to get Shaq's autograph. I want to thank the staff of Newegg for running such a well organized event. I also want to give a special thanks to Shaun aka Yosh and also Jerry. If it weren't for Shaun I wouldn't have gotten all these autographs today and it weren't for Jerry then there wouldn't be a signed Shaq autographed jersey in my PC. Thanks again everyone.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Signed Baseball Garage Sale Updated

Here is a list of signed baseballs below along with the price that are part of my updated signed baseball garage sale. You can email me at or message me via kik at lowdownrow if you want to see photos of the items.

Shipping for each baseball is $5. For multiple baseballs ordered I can offer discounted shipping. I accept cash for in person local pickups from graphers in Southern California. Otherwise I accept Paypal from out of state buyers. Paypal payments can be made to Please make sure you send the payments as a gift so I don't get charged any paypal fees.

All baseballs are signed on the sweetspot in blue pen on Rawlings Official Major League baseballs unless stated otherwise. Some of the bargain bin $5 dollar baseballs are ROMLBs from batting practice.

 5 Dollar Baseballs

2) Rudy Law Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
3) Jamey Carroll Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
4) Darren Dreifort Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
5) Josh Lindblom Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
6) Bobby Grich Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
7) Arte Moreno Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
8) Clyde Wright batting practice ROMLB with no Hitter inscription signed on the sweetspot
9) Ron Jackson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
10) Jerome Williams Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
11) Mark Gubicza Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
12) Jake Westbrook signed ROMLB under the MLB logo
13) 2011 Indians Team Ball: Manny Acta, Jon Nunnally, Tim Tolman, Justin Germano, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, Adam Everett batting practice ball (Acta is signed in black sharpie and the rest are in blue bic pen)
14) 2011 Indians Team Batting Practice Ball: Chad Durbin, Justin Germano, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, Lou Marson, Jack Hannahan, Michael Brantley
15) 2012 Nationals Team Batting Practice Ball: Collin Balester, Alex Cora, Danny Espinosa, Jerry Hairston, Roger Bernadina , Bo Porter
16) Ernesto Frieri batting practice side panel baseball
17) John Ely Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
18) Addison Reed batting practice ROMLB Signed on the Sweetspot
19) Sam Fuld Battice Practice ROMLB on the Sweetspot

22) Dan Gladden signed in black pen personalized to David
23) Brendan Harris signed in black pen with Angles COA

10 Dollar Baseballs

2) Eric Young Dodgers 50th Baseball signed under the logo batting practice baseball
3) Manny Mota Dodgers 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Baseball signed under the logo
4) Lucas Giolito with 16th pick inscription batting practice ball
5) Jay Johnstone
6) Jonathan Broxton

8) Maicer Izturis
9) Hank Conger
10) Kyle Drabek
11) Miguel Batista
12) Matt Hobgood with draft pick inscription
13) Matt Capps
14) Brandon League
15) Kevin Millwood
16) Scott Downs with Angels COA

15 Dollar Baseballs
1) Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells Angels 50th Anniversary BP Baseball signed under the logo
2) Nick Swisher side panel baseball
3) Miguel Tejada ROMLB under mlb logo

6) 2011 Twins Team Ball: Ron Gardenhire, Delmon Young, Scott Diamond,  Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, Rene Tosoni , Dan Gladden
7) 2012 Rangers Team Ball: Ron Washington, Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Matt Treanor, Mark Lowe, Gary Pettis
8) Mickey Hatcher
9) Alfredo Griffin
10) Dioner Navarro with All Star inscription
11) Casey Blake
12) Mike Napoli signed in black pen
13) Juan Rivera

15) Gary Disarcina
16) Chuck Finley signed in black pen MLB Authenticated

18) Bob Lee with 1965 All Star inscription
19) Mark Langston
20) Tyler Chatwood
21) Jordan Walden
22) Ricky Romero
23) Brady Anderson
24) Trevor Cahill
25) Brian Fuentes
26) LaTroy Hawkins with Angels COA
27) Erisbel Arruebarruena side panel
28) Edinson Volquez

20 Dollar Baseballs
1) Claude Osteen
2) Chad Billingsley
3) James Loney
4) Peter Bourjos
5) Vernon Wells
6) Frank Tanana
7) Don Baylor

9) Troy Percival
10) Chili Davis
11) Chris Chambliss
12) Adam Kennedy
13) CJ Wilson
14) Neftali Feliz
15) Andrew Bailey
16) Yonder Alonso
17) Dustin Ackley
18) Ervin Santana with Angels COA
19) Carlos Quentin
20) Chase Headley
21) Justin Morneau (MLB Authenticated) has small areas of toning
22) Steve Finley

24) Gordon Beckham

25 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mark Trumbo
2) Terry Pendleton
3) Al Leiter
4) Bret Saberhagen
5) Harold Baines
6) Shin Soo Choo black pen
7) Max Fried with #7 overall pick inscription
8) Steve Garvey 1981 World Series Ball signed under the logo (toning)
9) Darryl Strawberry
10) Joakim Soria 2008 All Star Ball slight spotting
11) Corey Hart 2008 All Star Baseball

13) Kendrys Morales
14) Dan Haren
15) Kyle Gibson

30 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mike Moustakas
2) Nolan Arenado
3) Shin Soo Choo
4) Jurickson Profar Side Panel
5) Francisco Rodriguez
6) Starling Marte
7) James Worthy
8) Matt Moore
9) Patrick Corbin
10) Ron Cey Dodgers 50th Anniversary Ball signed under the logo.

12) Robin Ventura

14) Billy Butler
15) Andy Pettitte PSA Authenticated (Slight bleeding)
16) Dan Haren 2007 All Star Ball with 1st ASG and AL Starting Pitcher inscription (Slight bleeding)
17) Carlos Quentin 2008 All Star Ball signed under the logo with 1st All Star inscription
18) Nick Castellanos
19) Joe Nathan
20) Shawn Green

35 Dollar Baseballs
1) Josh Hamilton 2012 All Star Ball signed under the logo
2) Brandon Phillips

4) Jered Weaver 2010 All Star Baseball signed on the SS with black pen
5) Starlin Castro

7) Lance Berkman
8) Jack Morris
9) Garrett Richards 

40 Dollar Baseballs

2) Don Sutton on HOF Ball under the logo
3) Magic Johnson signed in black pen under Dodgers Logo Ball
4) Don Newcombe Dodgers 50th Anniversary Ball Under the logo

7) Clay Buchholz
8) Goose Gossage with HOF inscription

50 Dollar Baseballs
1) Tony LaRussa
2) Jim Thome JSA Authenticated

70 Dollar Baseballs
1) Reggie Jackson
2) Nolan Ryan 2010 WS baseball with 2010 AL Champs inscription Ryan Authentication

Vernon Davis GNC Store Signing 2-28-15

Vernon Davis was scheduled to sign autograph from 3-4:30pm at the GNC store today at Fox Hills Mall in Culver City. He was there to promote his new product Force Factor.

I try to avoid free signings these days due to long wait times in line but I couldn't pass this opportunity up since we rarely get NFL signings in Southern California. Plus I figured the lines would be short today since there were several other autograph events going on the same time.

I arrived at the signing about an hour early and luckily there were only about 15 people in line.

As soon as I arrived it was nice to run into some familiar faces. I ran into my friend Anthony who was there with his family. I chatted it up with him for about an hour until Vernon showed up. Here is a pic below of Anthony and his family getting some some photos an a jersey signed by Vernon.

Initially the handlers were saying one item only per person but Vernon was kind enough to sign multiple items. I ended up presenting him with two photos and he gladly signed them for me without any hesitation.

In the end I think only about 75 people showed up so the line moved pretty fast. I ended up getting back in line since I also had a mini helmet for him to sign as well. There I ran into my friend Benson who ended up showing up later on. We got lucky since the security cut the line off as soon as I got back in line.

Overall it was a great experience. I want to thank the staff at GNC for running the event so smoothly. I also want to give a shoutout to the graphing family including Anthony. Benson, Jordan, Larry, Big Mike, Mikey, and Matt.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dodgers Fanfest 2015 Recap

One word pretty much sums up Dodger Fanfest 2015 and that would be the word epic. All I have to say is that I am extremely thankful for having such great friends in the autographing community.

The Dodgers sold autograph vouchers for Fanfest a week before the actual event online during the week of Martin Luther King Day. Every grapher in Southern California checked for updates on the Dodgers Fanfest website during the week to check to see when the tickets would go on sale. Finally the Dodgers announced that the tickets for autograph vouchers would go on sale on Friday with season ticket holders getting a special password to have the chance to buy autograph tickets an hour prior to the general public. Each autograph voucher was 20 dollars and the Dodgers set an autograph schedule on their website.

As soon as we found out who was signing I made an agreement with my buddy Rich to split our tickets together. We both had Puig jerseys we wanted to get signed so he was our main target. My other target was Mark McGwire since I had a jersey for him to sign and possibly Zack Greinke since he never signs at the stadium and is one of the hardest autographs to obtain.  When it was time to buy the tickets I was at work and tried ordering tickets through my cell phone.  Unfortunately I was shut out and ended up with zero autograph vouchers. Rich on the other hand was extremely lucky and got us two Puig vouchers. Since he couldn't make it out to the signing he agreed to let me use one of his vouchers in exchange that I get his jersey signed for him.

During the week leading up to Fanfest I was able to make another deal with my buddy Spencer. He found out I missed out on McGwire so he ended up finding a voucher for me. I actually had two jerseys prepped for McGwire, one of which was an Oakland A's jersey and the other was a Cardinals jersey. Spencer's friend is a diehard Cardinals fan and a diehard McGwire fan so he asked me if the Cards jersey was available for sale. In exchange he agreed to give me his extra McGwire ticket for free. Basically I agreed to the deal and sold him the McGwire jersey for face value.

I was pretty much prepped and ready to go. Fanfest was scheduled to begin at 10am so I decided to get to the stadium about an hour prior to the first autograph session. I met up first with my friend Spencer at the parking lot to pick up my McGwire ticket and also to give him my McGwire Cardinals jersey.

When I arrived in Lot F it was already packed. It seemed like everyone in LA was here for Dodgers Fanfest.

The first thing we did was get in line 2 where Zach Lee and Mark McGwire were scheduled to sign autographs from 10:10am to 11am.

The first autograph of the day was from Zach Lee who signed an ROMLB for me. Zach was friendly as can be and we had a brief discussion about his playing days back when he played for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. I asked him to inscribe "Go Dodgers" on my baseball.

Zach was signing for fans even when he wasn't at the autograph stations. He's just a nice and friendly guy.

I hope Zach has a great season this year for the Dodgers.

Next up was Mark McGwire. It's always an honor to meet one of my favorite players growing up. Back in the 80's it was all about the Bash Brothers featuring Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. Even though both guys were implicated for steroid use you can't deny that they are still important players in the history of baseball. Mark was nice and was in a good mood and signed my Oakland A's jersey with the 87 AL ROY inscription. I want to thank my friend Spencer for taking some pics of me getting Mark's autograph.

Spencer ended up getting the Cards jersey for his friend. He ended up getting Mark to inscribe 70 HRs.

Afterwards we went back to our cars to drop off our items. With fanfest you always end up bringing extra autograph supplies but it's nice to lighten your load you have to carry around. We had some downtime since the next session for Puig was at 2:10. I decided to wander and explore. 

The first thing I did was check out the Mystery Bags.

The Dodgers were selling mystery bags containing 1 autographed baseball for $40. Top players in the bags were current stars such as Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Yasiel Puig, Jimmy Rollins and former Dodgers such as Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, and old timers such as Fernando Valenzuela, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, and Orel Hershiser. The grand prize was Vin Scully. However there were also a lot of Lee Lacy, Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Tim Wallach, Daniel Coulombe, and Jay Gibbons baseballs as well. It was a high risk high reward deal.

I ran into my friend Ryan who ended up with this gem of a baseball from the mystery bags. I love how the Dodgers provide their own COAs.

Ryan was ecstatic when he pulled the Coulomb baseball. I also ran into this unlucky fellow who pulled a Vin Scully baseball. How unlucky can you get. All jokes aside I congratulated the lucky fan and told him to go buy some lottery tickets. That was a nice pull.

Normally the gambling side of me would have bought a few mystery bags but it was too risky this year. Most of these guys I can buy for $40 or below with full certification if I really wanted the autograph so it was an easy pass. 

My buddy Michael had the best pull of the day which was Hideo Nomo. As soon as he got his Nomo baseball he came over to show it to me since he knows about my obsession for baseballs signed by Asian baseball players. As soon as he pulled the Nomo ball out of the mystery bag he simply thought of me since he knew I would want it.

Even though it was signed in black it was still a nice piece since Nomo never signs on the sweetspot. 

Afterwards I wandered around some more and ran into my friend Benson who got his McGwire bat signed today. This was one of his rare appearances at Dodger Stadium.

By now it was getting really crowded.

I also ran into legendary grapher and Anaheim's finest Matt; well the five year future version of him. Look closely below and compare the next two photos.

Here is the current version of Matt below.

The real Matt was actually at Fanfest today. One of his rare appearances at Dodger Stadium since LA is such a dangerous place. Glad to run into you today bro. We all got a good laugh at Matt's expense today. Thanks for being a good sport about it. 

Next up was Yasiel Puig. My buddy Josh assisted me today in getting Rich's jersey signed. As you know Rich ended up getting me a voucher and I personally didn't want to stress out about getting two jerseys signed at one time. Thus I asked Josh to help me get Rich's jersey signed. Josh agreed without any hesitation since he's such a nice guy and has always been one of my homies in the graphing game since day 1. Josh is one of the nicest graphers you will ever meet. Thanks again Josh. There was good karma in the air today as Puig signed multiple items for us. 

First I ended up getting my All Star Puig jersey signed and second I ended up getting a Puig bobblehead signed for my friend Michael.

Josh ended up getting the jersey signed for Rich but he even did better. Initially he dropped the jersey. Then he convinced Yasiel to sign a baseball for him. Then another three cards for our friend Jesse. Josh's kindness paid off as Yasiel who never sweetspots ended up signing Josh's ROMLB on the SS.

Insane and epic at the same time. Puig was side panelling everyone but Josh ended up with a sweetspot. It was an awesome pickup.

Originally Joel Peralta was scheduled to sign but he wasn't there so Darwin Barney stepped in as his replacement. I've always wanted to meet Darwin and get his autograph so it was a pleasant surprise.  We had a lengthy discussion about his Asian heritage. He pretty much detailed his Asian heritage for me. I knew he was part Korean so I asked if he had a Korean auto but sadly he didn't. Darwin was still cool as can be and when I asked him to inscribe "Go Dodgers" on my ROMLB he even added 2012 GG inscription without me even asking for it. I hope he has a successful season next year since he's one of the nice guys in baseball.

Afterwards I met up with Michael to deliver his newly signed Yasiel Puig bobblehead. In exchange for the signed bobblehead he ended up giving me a his signed Hideo Nomo baseball. Thanks again Michael for your generosity.

Afterwards Josh and I got in line to get Adrian Gonzalez. Again I didn't have a ticket for Agone but Josh was kind enough to let me use his spare ticket. Thanks again for the hookup Josh.

Agone ended up signing two baseballs for me. First my Gold Glove baseball and my 2010 All Star baseball.

Here is Josh in action getting his items signed by Adrian.

I took some photos afterwards of people getting Zack Greinke's autograph. My buddy Spencer ended up getting his 2009 Greinke all star jersey signed.

My friend Mikey got his SI and all star ball signed. Although he didn't play in the 2012 All Star game it was kinda cool to get that piece done since he did play for the Royals.

Michael got his bobblehead done as well but for some strange reason he only brought the head of the bobblehead. I guess that's the easiest way to transport bobbleheads around. Good job Michael.

Overall it was another successful day of graphing Dodgers Fanfest. I want to give a shoutout to all the SoCal graphers including Josh, Spencer, Ryan, Alex, Rob, Matt, Mikey, Michael, Franz, Clint, Benson, Eric, Big Mike, George, Martin, the Hernandez Clan including Valerie, Jerry, Larry, and everyone else who I forgot to mention. I want to give another special thanks to my friend Rich for hooking it up with the Puig tickets along with several baseballs the past couple of months. I gotta thank Rich again for hooking me up with a Beltran, Sabathia and a DeGrom baseball. It's nice to have friends in the East Coast.